Tuesday's Sports in Brief
Tuesday's Sports in Brief
By The Associated Press
TRACK AND FIELD
LONDON (AP) -- British sprinter Dwain Chambers was suspended for two years and banned for life from the Olympics, the first athlete punished for testing positive for the designer steroid THG.
THG, which was undetectable until last year, is at the center of the scandal surrounding a San Francisco-area lab accused of supplying dozens of professional athletes with banned substances. Chambers' coach, Barry Bonds' personal trainer and two others were indicted this month.
Chambers, the European 100-meter champion, tested positive in an out-of-competition drug test in August. UK Athletics suspended him, and under British Olympic Association rules, he is barred from ever competing in the Olympics.
Chambers, who finished fourth in the 100 at the 2000 Sydney Games, had been considered a potential gold medal contender at the Athens Olympics in August. His suspension will end Nov. 7, 2005.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Pete Rose will be the subject of an ESPN movie beginning production this spring.
"Hustle," will premiere on Sept. 25, ESPN executive vice president Mark Shapiro announced Tuesday. The two-hour movie will focus on events in Rose's life and baseball career in the mid- to late 1980s, including the lifetime ban he agreed to following an investigation of gambling -- a suspension that has kept the career hits leader off the Hall of Fame ballot.
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Canseco plans to try out for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2 1/2 years after his last appearance in the major leagues.
The six-time All-Star will attend the Los Angeles Dodgers' open tryout on March 1.
Canseco last played in the majors in 2001, when he hit .258 with 16 homers for the Chicago White Sox.
DETROIT (AP) -- Pictures of two slain white police officers, signed "Courtesy of Fighting Whities," were found near "the fist" sculpture memorializing boxing great Joe Louis that was vandalized with white paint, according to a police report released.
One of the two men arrested in the case told police officers who stopped them: "We did it for you guys," the report said.
Brett J. Cashman, 45, and John T. Price, 27, both of Superior Township, entered innocent pleas Tuesday to charges of malicious destruction of property.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- John Ruiz is officially the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion.
Ruiz, 32, became the WBA interim champion when he beat Hasim Rahman on Dec. 13. Ruiz was informed the interim tag was being removed after Roy Jones Jr. confirmed he was relinquishing the belt to remain the WBC light heavyweight champion.
MIAMI (AP) -- A 2-year-old colt sired by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus sold for a record $4.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton auction at Calder Race Course.
Japanese businessman Fusao Sekiguchi, who owns Fusaichi Pegasus, outbid Satish Sanan, John Ferguson and others for the first foal from Hidden Storm.
Sekiguchi's record purchase for a 2-year-old at public auction broke the mark set earlier in the day. Ferguson, regular agent for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, Dubai's crown prince, bought a colt by Stephen Got Even for $3.1 million.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Darlington Raceway is getting "soft walls" in time for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 next month.
Installation of the SAFER barriers already is under way at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway, track officials said Tuesday. The race is scheduled for March 21.
Earlier this year, NASCAR said all facilities hosting Nextel Cup series events would be fitted with the Steel And Foam Energy Reduction system by next January.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues fired coach Joel Quenneville and replaced him with assistant Mike Kitchen.
Quenneville, the winningest coach in franchise history and the NHL's coach of the year for the 1999-2000 season, was let go as the Blues scrambled to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes fired coach Bob Francis, and replaced him with assistant Rick Bowness -- a former head coach with four NHL teams, including the Coyotes when they were the Winnipeg Jets.
The Coyotes have won two of their last 14 (2-9-2-1) -- a skid that has them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a second straight year. They are last in the Pacific Division and 13th in the Western Conference with 58 points and a record of 20-24-15-3.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic was upset by Petra Mandula 6-1, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Open.
In other action, fifth-seeded Ai Sugiyama eased past Lina Krasnoroutskaya 6-2, 6-3, eighth-seeded Conchita Martinez beat qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic 6-3, 6-2, and Nicole Pratt eliminated Jie Zheng 7-5, 7-5.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain and second-seeded Nicolas Massu of Chile were both upset in the first round of the Brasil Open on Tuesday.
Moya fell to unseeded Tomas Behrend of Germany 6-3, 6-3. After the match, Moya praised Behrend but complained of blisters on his feet and nagging tiredness after a recent tournament in Argentina.
Third-seeded Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil fought his way past Spain's Oscar Hernandez 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a grueling match that lasted more than two hours, and fourth-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina easily got past Alberto Portas of Spain, 6-1, 6-3.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Alberto Martin of Spain defeated third-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.
The unseeded Spaniard recovered from a disastrous first set and will next face Sargis Sargsian of Armenia, who topped Fabrice Santoro of France 7-5, 7-6 (4).